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Bale expects another close encounter

Posted on 15 October 2010  - 12:00

Gareth Bale has experienced some tough games at Craven Cottage - and expects nothing different on Saturday.

Bale expects another close encounter

Gareth Bale has experienced some tough games at Craven Cottage - and expects nothing different on Saturday.

Fulham's famous old stadium on the banks of the Thames will always hold a special memory for the Welsh star - he scored his first Spurs goal there back in 2007 - but wins have been hard to come by for us in SW6.

Indeed, we have to go back to a convincing 4-0 win in the FA Cup back in February, 2007 for our last victory there with three of the last four meetings in the Premier League ending in draws.

We played out two goalless draws last term in the Premier League and FA Cup and Gareth says we have to be prepared to scrap again for any reward against a team that remain unbeaten in the league this season.

"It's going to be a difficult game, just as it is every year," said Gareth after training at Spurs Lodge on Friday.

"It will be a good test. They haven't lost yet and that says a lot about them.

"We know they are a resilient side, especially at Craven Cottage and always well-organised.

"It's one of the tough away matches. The crowd is right on top of you, it's a great atmosphere and it will be exactly the same on Saturday.

"We'll have to be at our best to get anything out of it."